1. Unforgettable Elephants

    • Resource ID: PBS457
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    In this video segment from Nature, witness the joy an elephant family experiences when a new baby elephant is born. This birth was a celebration within elephant society. 

  2. Edison: Boyhood and Teen Years

    • Resource ID: PBS401
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Find out how young Thomas Edison’s curiosity got him into trouble, and how, during his teen years, he lost his hearing but gained confidence as an aspiring inventor, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Edison.

  3. Find Connections Across Texts Including Other Media

    • Resource ID: E8RdM4L1
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to evaluate the role of media in focusing attention on events and informing opinions on issues as well as techniques used to create point of view, and how this impacts the audience.

  4. Understanding New Vocabulary within Context

    • Resource ID: E8RdM1L1
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to find the meanings of words through analogy and other word relationships.

  5. Understanding Poetry

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L7
    • Grade Range: 6–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn the importance of graphical elements (e.g., capital letters, line length, word position) in the meaning of a poem.

  6. Writing Literary Text with an Engaging Story Line

    • Resource ID: E8WrM1L1
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to write an imaginative story that sustains reader interest and includes well-paced action, an engaging story line, and a believable setting.

  7. Synthesize Ideas in Informational/Expository Text

    • Resource ID: E8RdM3L3
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to synthesize and make logical connections between ideas within a text and across two or three texts representing similar or different genres and support with textual evidence.

  8. Literary Nonfiction

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L9
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to analyze literary nonfiction, particularly speeches, by making inferences and drawing conclusions based on evidence in the text.

  9. Compare/Contrast Themes and Genres in Literary Texts

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L1
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support your understanding.

  10. Write Expository Text That Is Logically Organized

    • Resource ID: E8WrM1L5
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to write an expository text that is logically organized, with a controlling idea and an effective introduction and conclusion.

  11. Understand New Vocabulary Using Roots and Affixes

    • Resource ID: E8RdM1L2
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other linguistic roots and affixes.

  12. Write Literary Text That Uses Literary Strategies/Devices to Enhance the Style and Tone

    • Resource ID: E8WrM1L3
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to write an imaginative story that uses literary strategies/devices to enhance style and tone.

  13. Understanding Poetry

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L6
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to find the meanings of words through analogy and other word relationships.

  14. Understanding Drama

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L8
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to make complex inferences in a play and use textual evidence to support your understanding.

  15. Imagery and Figurative Language (Grade 8)

    • Resource ID: E8RdM2L11
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to make complex inferences and use textual evidence such as imagery and figurative language to support understanding.

  16. Appositive Phrases, and Adverbial and Adjectival Phrases and Clauses

    • Resource ID: E8WrM3L3
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to use and understand the purpose of appositive phrases, and adverbial and adjectival phrases and clauses.

  17. Using the Correct Verb Tense | No Nonsense Grammar

    • Resource ID: PBS357
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Verb tense is used to show when an action occurs, whether it is in the past, the present, or the future.

  18. Write a Persuasive Text that Supports a Position

    • Resource ID: E8WrM1L9
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn to write a persuasive text that responds to the views of others by using evidence that differentiates between fact and opinion to support your viewpoint.

  19. Analyze Texts with Similar/Different Purposes

    • Resource ID: E8RdM3L4
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will analyze works written on the same topic and compare how authors achieved similar or different purposes.

  20. Make Inferences in Informational/Expository Text

    • Resource ID: E8RdM3L2
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    By using different organizational patterns as guides, you will learn how to make subtle inferences and draw complex conclusions while distinguishing factual claims.